Duane Underwood
24-Year-Old PitcherSP
Chicago Cubs AAA
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Duane Underwood in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year contract with the Cubs in March of 2018.
Heads to minor-league camp
PChicago Cubs  AAA
March 16, 2019
The Cubs optioned Underwood to Triple-A Iowa on Saturday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
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Underwood was one of three pitchers optioned to the minors and 15 players dismissed from big-league camp as the Cubs pared down their spring roster with Opening Day less than two weeks away. The 2012 second-round pick received his first cup of coffee with the Cubs last season, tossing four innings of one-run ball in a June 26 spot start. He'll likely fill a spot in the Iowa rotation.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2016
Underwood continues to battle injury problems, most notably elbow ailments. The 22-year-old tossed just 73 innings in 2016 after throwing only 78.1 innings in 2015. The majority of innings for Underwood this past season came at Double-A Tennessee, where he posted a 4.91 ERA and 46:31 K:BB in 58.2 innings. Perhaps not surprising for a pitcher battling elbow issues and unable to stay on the field, Underwood struggled with his command. Those command problems have been prevalent throughout Underwood's professional career, but the lack of time on the mound certainly didn't help his cause. Underwood's stock has taken a bit of a nosedive entering the 2017 campaign, which will likely start at Double-A, assuming he is healthy. Despite being drafted in the second round in 2012, Underwood has never pitched more than 101 innings in a single season in the minors.
Underwood, a second-round draft pick out of high school in 2012, missed almost two months of the season last year with an elbow injury. Fortunately it wasn't major damage to the elbow and the Cubs were able to play it safe, but the time on the shelf muted his breakout campaign. He started 14 games for High-A Myrtle Beach, posting a 2.58 ERA and 1.04 WHIP, but his strikeout rate was a shaky 5.9. Even more concerning is the strong season may have been fueled by a .225 BABIP - the low strikeout rate and low BABIP contributed to a mediocre 4.10 FIP. He's considered one of the better pitching prospects in the Cubs' system, but elbow discomfort limited him early in camp, so owners will need to cross their fingers and hope this doesn't develop into something that requires surgery.
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To start Saturday
PChicago Cubs  AAA
March 9, 2019
Underwood will start Saturday's Cactus League game against the Angels with Alec Mills scratched due to a back issue, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Optioned to Triple-A
PChicago Cubs  AAA
June 26, 2018
Underwood was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Takes loss in spot start
PChicago Cubs  AAA
June 26, 2018
Underwood (0-1) allowed one run on two hits and three walks with three strikeouts through four innings in a loss Monday against the Dodgers.
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Officially recalled to start Monday
PChicago Cubs  AAA
June 25, 2018
Underwood was officially recalled from Triple-A Iowa to start Monday against the Dodgers.
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Will make major-league debut Monday
PChicago Cubs  AAA
June 24, 2018
Underwood will start Monday against the Dodgers, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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